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Oral history interview with Reverend Michael Piazza, 2007 March 22.

Author: Michael Piazza; Michael Mims; Texas Community Oral History Project.; University of North Texas. Oral History Collection.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Interview with Reverend Michael Piazza, pastor of the Dallas Cathedral of Hope, concerning his conversion from Catholicism to Methodist Church; decision to enter the ministry; process of "coming out" to self and family; college experiences at Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State university; experience at Oral Roberts University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University; experience of pastoring  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral history
Dallas County oral history
Named Person: Michael Piazza; Michael Piazza
Material Type: Biography, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Piazza; Michael Mims; Texas Community Oral History Project.; University of North Texas. Oral History Collection.
OCLC Number: 465078951
Notes: Interview conducted in 2007 for the Texas Community History (Dallas County) Oral History Project. Interviewer: Michael Mims.
Description: 137 leaves ; 29 cm

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Interview with Reverend Michael Piazza, pastor of the Dallas Cathedral of Hope, concerning his conversion from Catholicism to Methodist Church; decision to enter the ministry; process of "coming out" to self and family; college experiences at Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State university; experience at Oral Roberts University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University; experience of pastoring small-town Methodist churches ins South Georgia; effects of the Civil Rights movement and anti-war protest of the 1960s and 70s on his developing social consciousness; development of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) denominations; volunteer work with Atlanta Gay Center Helpline; work as pastor of an Atlanta Methodist church, associate pastor of MCC Atlanta and pastor of MCC Jacksonville, Fla.; receiving "call" to pastor MCC Dallas; arrival in Dallas in midst of localized economic depression brought on by savings and loan crisis; family life with Bill Eure and two children; efforts to deal with AIDS crisis; difficulties the church congregation faced when he arrived; process of changing church's name to Cathedral of Hope; development of Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and Nelson-Tebedo AIDS Resource Center; difficulty finding creditors to finance new church buildings; demographics of Cathedral of Hope; congregation; decision to leave UFMCC and affiliate with United Church of Christ denomination; development of outreach and social justice ministries.

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